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Is it possible to change the style of a specific program while using another style for the entire desktop in Xubuntu 12.04? For example, I would like to use the Xfce-dusk style for the entire desktop and most programs, but I would like to use something like greybird for qgit, meld, and my text editor. Is this possible, and if so, how?

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See if this answer is helpful: but this solution seems limited to gtk2 apps and not to qt or gtk3 apps. – user25656 Dec 13 '13 at 2:49
Awesome, it worked! Thanks @vasa1! Do you want to post that as the answer so I can select it as correct? – stiemannkj1 Dec 13 '13 at 3:24
Why don't you make a detailed answer yourself explaining what you did? No problems for me if you do so :) That would help other Xfce/Xubuntu users as well. – user25656 Dec 13 '13 at 3:34
Sounds good. Thanks again, @vasa1. – stiemannkj1 Dec 14 '13 at 2:17
Good! After a couple of days (I think), you'll be allowed to accept your own answer if no better one, in your opinion, comes along. – user25656 Dec 14 '13 at 2:26
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Meng Tian already answered this question here, but the answer is probably even more relevant to my question. Since I did things slightly differently, I'm posting my own answer here.

You can launch programs with a different style/theme by placing GTK2_RC_FILES=/usr/share/themes/YourFavoriteTheme/gtk-2.0/gtkrc before your program's command when running the program from the command line.

For example, if you wanted to run leafpad with the Bluebird style/theme, you could just enter this at the command line:

GTK2_RC_FILES=/usr/share/themes/Bluebird/gtk-2.0/gtkrc leafpad

If you want to make this simpler, you can create an executable .sh script file and put this code in it:


GTK2_RC_FILES=/usr/share/themes/Bluebird/gtk-2.0/gtkrc leafpad "$@"

If you do this, you can also create a launcher for this script which will launch the program in the correct style.

Note: the "$@" allows you to pass arguments through your script to your program. This was all I needed for my purposes, but if you need to do something fancy like pipe output to the program, this script may not work.

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